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Taylor Swift wins two early Grammys

Sunday, January 31, 2010 – Taylor Swift took two Grammys in early presentation of the awards Sunday for best country song for "White Horse and best female country vocal solo for the same song. "I live in awe of the people I was nominated against in this category," Swift said in accepting the latter award.

Others receiving two Grammys early on were Lady Gaga and Jay-Z.

Swift took the honor for best country song over All I Ask For Anymore, Casey Beathard and Tim James, songwriters (Trace Adkins), High Cost Of Living, Jamey Johnson and James Slater, songwriters (Jamey Johnson); I Run To You, Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly and Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum) and People Are Crazy, Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones, songwriters (Billy Currington).

She won the female country vocal performance over Miranda Lambert for Dead Flowers, I Just Call You Mine by Martina McBride, Just a Dream by Carrie Underwood; and Solitary Thnkin' by Lee Ann Womack.

Keith Urban took Best Male Country Vocal Performance for Sweet Thing. He won over All I Ask For Anymore from Trace Adkins, People Are Crazy by Billy Currington, High Cost of Living by Jamey Johnson and Living for the Night by George Strait.

Levon Helm won the first ever Best Americana Album Grammy for "Electric Dirt." Helm took his Grammy over Bob Dylan's "Together Through Life," Willie Nelson & Asleep At the wheel's "Willie and the Wheel," Wilco's "Wilco (The Album)" and Lucinda Williams' "Little Honey."

Steve Earle won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for "Townes," his tribute to Townes Van Zandt. Neko Case was also nominated in the category for "Middle Cyclone" and albums by Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin and Elvis Costello.

Steve Martin took home best bluegrass disc for "The Crow," his debut. He won over Jim Lauderdale's "Could We Get Any Closer?," Michael Martin Murphey's "Buckaroo Blue Grass," Bryan Sutton And Friends' "Almost Live" and Rhonda Vincent's "Destination Life."

Ramblin' Jack Elliott's "A Stranger Here" won Best Contemporary Blues Album. Wearing a black cowboy hat and leather jacket, Elliott strode on stage. "Please excuse my delay, I broke my back this morning lifting my grandchild who weighs 20 pounds," said Elliott. He thanked the label. "Anti-, I don't know what they're anti towards, but I'm in favor of it."

Lady Antebellum's I Run to You was Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. Others nominated were Cowgirls Don't Cry, Brooks & Dunn, Chicken Fried, Zac Brown Band, Here Comes Goodbye, Rascal Flatts, and It Happens, Sugarland

Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis won Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for I Told You So. Others nominated were Beautiful World - Dierks Bentley and Patty Griffin, Down The Road - Kenny Chesney & Mac McAnally, Start A Band - Brad Paisley & Keith Urban, Everything But Quits - Lee Ann Womack and George Strait.

Steve Wariner's Producer's Medley received Best Country Instrumental Performance Performance. He won over Under The (Five) Wire - Alison Brown, The Crystal Merchant - The Greencards and Mansinneedof - Sarah Jarosz

Best Musical Show Album went to "West Side Story." "( to 5 The Musical" was nominated with Dolly Parton producing.

David Byrne and Brian Eno's "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" won Best Recording Package. Case's "Middle Cyclone" also was nominated.

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals went to Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat for Lucky. They won over Breathe by Swift and Caillat, Sea of Heartbreak by Rosanne Cash and Bruce Springsteen and Baby, It's Cold Outside by Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.

Producer of the year went to Brendan O'Brien. T Bone Burnett was among those nominated.

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